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HKGA Happenings

by Rowano Pierroti / Images courtesy of the HKGA

Linus Yip

Yip Progresses To Q-School Final Stage

HKGA National Men’s Squad member Linus Yip made it through the first stage of the PGA Tour of Australasia Q-School at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort at Gangurru with scores of 70,72,67 finishing T9. “It was a grind out there this week,” commented Yip who was representing New South Wales. “But I managed to get it done in the last round.”

Next up for Yip is the Final Stage at Moonah Links Open Course from January 14-17.

Tam Plays China Open

Kitty Tam received an invitation to play at the 2019 Macalline Women's China Open, the highest level women’s professional tournament in the PRC, which was held in the first week of December in Xiamen. Although she didn’t make the final cut, her participation provided her with an excellent competitive experience.

Upping The Hong Kong Game

Sera Yiu, Handicapping Manager at the HKGA, has been encouraging Hongkongers to take up golf for over 20 years. Overseeing the SAR’s official handicapping scheme, Sera and her team help Hong Kong’s golfers of all standards to compete on a level playing field basis.


As the handicap system is a key barometer of a golfer’s current skill level, Sera is pleased to report that local young golfers are steadily improving their game at an encouraging pace. Many young players have reduced their handicap significantly after taking up the game even for a short period of time. Also noteworthy is the emergence of single-digit handicap local players in recent years, who are actively preparing to make a name for themselves internationally.


The HKGA is ramping up its efforts to connect these aspiring players with the global game by adopting the World Handicap System - a system that aims to bring the game of golf under a single set of Rules and provide a more consistent measure of players’ ability internationally.

Jeffery Wang with HKGA CEO Danny Lai

YB Rai with HKGA CEO Danny Lai

Joseph Pethes

Local Winners

In tournament news, hearty congratulations are due to Joseph Pethes on his record-setting win (at age 74) at the Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship which was once again held at the Hong Kong Golf Club in December. 


Congratulations must also go to all the prize winners in the HKGA Pairs Tournament 2019, which was held at Discovery Bay Golf Club on December 6.  Team 1 comprising Paul Cheng and Jeffery Wang of the HKGC tied for first place with Team 2’s YB Rai and Vikram Malhotra of DBGC, both with final scores of 36 points.